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World No.1 Johnson the player to beat at Augusta: Spieth

2 hours 51 min ago
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson is playing the "best golf in the world" and will start as the favorite to win the Masters next month, Jordan Spieth has said ahead of Thursday's Houston Open.

Not just another triple-double as Westbrook notches record

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 11:21pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Russell Westbrook recorded the highest scoring triple-double in NBA history Wednesday night, totaling 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a come-from-behind, 114-106 overtime road victory over the Orlando Magic.

New AFA president vows to get Messi ban reduced

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:12pm
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The Argentine FA, lacking proper leadership since 2015 and fearful its national team might not reach the World Cup finals without banned captain Lionel Messi, elected a third-tier club chairman and former roadsweeper as its president on Wednesday.

LPGA Commissioner Whan sees women's gains in game

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:18pm
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - Golf is getting younger, more global and more female, all to the delight of LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.

Golf: First 2017 women's major may bring joust for top rank

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:58pm
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - The first major of the women's golf season could lead to a changing of the guard at the top of the rankings at the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club starting on Thursday.

Fognini in Miami Open semis with win over Nishikori

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 7:19pm
(Reuters) - An out-of-sorts Kei Nishikori was sent packing from the Miami Open on Wednesday, beaten 6-4 6-2 by unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini.

LPGA chief says sport trumps push to boycott Trump course

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:34pm
RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - While the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference was underway this week, a plane flew over Mission Hills towing a banner reading: "USGA & LPGA: DUMP TRUMP".

Halep talks herself into defeat against Konta at Miami Open

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:24pm
(Reuters) - Britain's Johanna Konta recovered from the brink of defeat at the Miami Open on Wednesday to beat third seed Simona Halep in the quarter-final.

Figure skating: Wenjing and Cong stand tall among walking wounded

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:43pm
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Chinese duo Wenjing Sui and Cong Han emerged unscathed in a field littered with the walking wounded to grab the lead in the pairs competition at the figure skating world championships on Wednesday.

Marshawn Lynch considering comeback

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 5:35pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that retired running back Marshawn Lynch is considering a return to the NFL.

NBCUniversal slightly ahead of Sochi for 2018 Winter Olympics ad sales

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:28pm
(Reuters) - Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal is pacing ahead in the amount of advertising inventory it has sold for next February’s Winter Olympics compared with the same time four years ago, NBC Sports executives said on Wednesday.

'Hideous' Cristiano Ronaldo statue sparks social media laughs

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:14pm
FUNCHAL (Reuters) - When the island of Madeira on Wednesday renamed its airport in honor of its hometown hero Cristiano Ronaldo, all eyes were expected to be on the four-time world player of the year who is adored not only for his soccer skills but also his model looks.

Down but not out, Kostner determined to pen her own ending

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:46pm
HELSINKI (Reuters) - When Carolina Kostner was slapped with a lengthy ban in 2015 for attempting to cover up her ex-boyfriend Alex Schwazer's use of illegal performance-enhancing substances, it seemed that her career had come to an inglorious end.

Spencer's anti-doping case set for May 15

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:43pm
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Reigning Commonwealth Games 400 meters hurdles champion Kaliese Spencer's anti-doping hearing will begin May 15 in Jamaica, the panel overseeing the case said on Wednesday.

Baseball: Mets' Familia banned after domestic violence arrest

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:52pm
(Reuters) - New York Mets All-Star closer Jeurys Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the 2017 Major League Baseball season after being arrested for alleged domestic violence last October, the league said on Wednesday.

Figure skating: Medvedeva on track to emulate Kwan

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:40am
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A nerveless and haunting short program by Evgenia Medvedeva kept the Russian teenager on track to become the first skater since American Michelle Kwan in 2001 to win back-to-back women's titles at the world championships on Wednesday.

Motor racing: Timberlake follows Swift as F1 Austin crowd-puller

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:07am
LONDON (Reuters) - Singer Justin Timberlake has been confirmed as the headline act for this year's U.S. Formula One Grand Prix at Austin's Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in October.

Motor racing: U.S. GP boss says F1 should own some circuits

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 10:03am
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein says it would make sense for Formula One's new American owners Liberty Media to buy some circuits as part of their long-term strategic plans for the sport.

Surf League offers $5,000 for season's biggest wipeout

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:39am
(Reuters) - Five bruised and battered surfers are vying for a $5,000 cash prize for the season's most spectacular wipeout, to be presented at the Big Wave awards in California next month.

Soccer: Ronaldo Airport overshadowed by dodgy statue

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 9:04am
FUNCHAL (Reuters) - Madeira renamed its airport in honor of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday - although it is a new statue of the four-times world player of the year that is likely to grab the headlines.